Month: November 2009

UK NEWS: TAIO CRUZ AND CHRIS BROWN POSSIBLE LINK CAUSES CONCERN / CRUZ’S MANAGEMENT WORRY IT COULD DAMAGE HIS ATTEMPTS TO BREAK THE US

The Daily Star reports that  ‘equal opportunities employer’ / singer Taio Cruz, has revealed that he was asked to write a number of songs that were going to be offered to Chris Brown. Cruz revealed that his management decided not to give the tracks away because it could damage his attempts to break the US. Really Taio??? Your management thinks that could damage your attempts to break the US??? Not THIS??? Ha ha ha! Good luck with breaking the US Taio. You’re going to need it!

MICHELLE OBAMA RACIST IMAGE SPARKS GOOGLE APOLOGY

Via BBC News Google has apologised over a racially offensive picture of Michelle Obama that appeared when users searched for images of the US first lady. The image came top of the Google Images results for “Michelle Obama”. Google placed a notice over the picture titled “Offensive Search Results”, saying: “Sometimes our search results can be offensive. We agree.” Later on Wednesday the image dropped from top image results, though the BBC understands Google did not remove it. Instead, the image appeared []

UK NEWS: MERCURY WINNER SPEECH DEBELLE LEAVES LABEL BECAUSE OF POOR ALBUM SALES

Via BBC News Speech Debelle is quitting her record label, saying the company were to blame for disappointing sales of her Mercury-winning debut album. Debelle told 6 Music that sales of Speech Therapy suffered because of poor distribution by Big Dada records. Prior to her win, the album had sold around 3,000 copies with sales increasing to just below 10,000. “The Mercury Prize was on Tuesday, and on Friday there were no more physical albums in the shops,” she said. “So, on []

UK NEWS: JAY-Z SET TO PERFORM AT THE BRIT AWARDS 2010

The Social Writers Blog reports that Jay-Z has been signed up to perform at the BRIT Awards 2010, where he will perform a medley of his biggest hits and a duet with a surprise artist. The BRIT Awards 2010 will take place in February and it’s already been announced that the mighty J-Hova will perform. *rolls eyes* Jay-Z’s popularity in the UK is at an all time high. He will probably be invited to perform all of his greatest hits in front of the Queen and her hubby []

PRODUCER DAVINCHE RELEASES ‘HOW TO’ PRODUCTION GUIDE VIDEOS

This is for all you budding producers out there and music fans who are interested in gaining some studio knowledge…. UK Production Maestro DaVinChe has today released a 3-Step Guide to Tracking Vocals in the studio and a 5-Step Guide to Sampling. DaVinChe offers relaxed guides to relatively simple production techniques that are just as simple to get wrong. The guest vocalist featured in the 3-Step Vocal tracking guide is UK songstress Shola Ama.

JAY-Z’S MANAGER: DO NOT REFER TO JAY-Z AS A ‘RAPPER’, HE IS AN ICON!

Today I visited the The Voice Online  website and came across one of the funniest quote’s ever via Jasmine’s Juice column. Jasmine disclosed that Jay-Z’s manager always scolds her when she refers to his client as being a rapper.   According to Jay’s manager/camp, the RAPPER is NOT a rapper.  “He’s an icon on a level with Bono and the rest”. I spat out my ginger beer when I first read this. If Jay’s manager had said that to me I would have laughed out loud and then followed that up with ” You obviously smoke crack. Get out []

SINGER ALEXANDRA BURKE LOOKS FOR SUPPORTING ACT

Singer Alexandra Burke is looking for a supporting act from anywhere in the world for the exclusive Nokia Good Things concert, which will take place in the UK (at a yet to be disclosed venue) on December 9th. Click here to visit the TalentHouse website for more information. Good luck!

UK NEWS: ITV 1 CONFIRM PLANS TO AIR CHERYL COLE SHOW

This is getting beyond a joke now! The Cheryl Cole love-fest needs to end!  ITV has confirmed plans to air a Cheryl Cole special. The X-Factor judge, singer, ‘national treasure’, ‘nations sweetheart’ and alleged racist /convicted batterer of toilet attendants show, will be titled Cheryl Cole’s Night In. Via Digital Spy The programme will see the X Factor judge perform songs from her recent solo release ‘3 Words’, as well as feature appearances from acts including Rihanna, Will Young, Alexandra Burke and will.i.am. “2009 has been an incredible []